Greenwood: A Novel

Greenwood: A Novel by Michael Christie 1984822012 9781984822017
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A magnificent generational saga that charts a familys rise and fall, its secrets and inherited crimes, from one of Canadas most acclaimed novelists

Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize - "A rugged, riveting novel . . . This superb family saga will satisfy fans of Richard Powerss The Overstory."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"There are plenty of visionary moments laced into [Christies] shape-shifting narrative. . . . Greenwood penetrates to the core of things."--The New York Times Book Review

Its 2038 and Jacinda (Jake) Greenwood is a storyteller and a liar, an overqualified tour guide babysitting ultra-rich vacationers in one of the worlds last remaining forests. Its 2008 and Liam Greenwood is a carpenter, sprawled on his back after a workplace fall, calling out from the concrete floor of an empty mansion. Its 1974 and Willow Greenwood is out of jail, free after being locked up for one of her endless series of environmental protests: attempts at atonement for the sins of her fathers once vast and violent timber empire. Its 1934 and Everett Greenwood is alone, as usual, in his maple-syrup camp squat, when he hears the cries of an abandoned infant and gets tangled up in the web of a crime, secrets, and betrayal that will cling to his family for decades.

And throughout, there are trees: a steady, silent pulse thrumming beneath Christies effortless sentences, working as a guiding metaphor for withering, weathering, and survival. A shining, intricate clockwork of a novel, Greenwood is a rain-soaked and sun-dappled story of the bonds and breaking points of money and love, wood, and blood--and the hopeful, impossible task of growing toward the light.

Author: Michael Christie

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 528

Publisher: Hogarth

Publication Date: 2021-02-09


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